What's the best backpack for carrying a laptop?

Carrying a laptop requires the right kind of bag. For global travel or the demands of daily commuting, you need a backpack that will look after your equipment. Protection for your technology, comfort for the carrier and durability for the long haul are key components to consider when choosing luggage that won’t let you down. Choosing the right bag will give you the freedom for your next adventure and keep you connected at your destination.


What is a laptop backpack?

A laptop backpack contains a specific, padded compartment or sleeve for your laptop. Key design features of a laptop bag include protection for the device, storage space for other essentials, comfortable straps and quality construction to handle life on the road.

The laptop section of the backpack provides cushioning against impact and minimises the movement of the laptop while travelling. The size of the bag will depend on the size of your laptop as well as the type of journey. Look for something small and flexible for your daily trip to work or go for a larger capacity if you’re headed further afield. For air travel, easy access compartments will help you speed through security, and waterproof construction is vital for the all-weather traveller. Check out The North Face for our great selection of backpacks for laptops, whatever the adventure.


Is it safe to pack your laptop in your suitcase?

It’s not recommended to pack a laptop in your suitcase as checked luggage receives rough handling in transit. You should also check the relevant airline and country regulations, as some won’t allow electronics in checked bags.

Your suitcase will endure the rough and tumble of conveyor belts, trucks and bumpy flights, piled up among hundreds of other heavy bags. This makes the chance of damage more likely. If you’re handling your own suitcase on another mode of transport, make sure the laptop is surrounded with soft materials or in a padded laptop sleeve such as The North Face flyweight laptop sleeve which provides safe and secure storage in a lightweight pouch.


What is the best laptop backpack? 

When looking for the ideal backpack for travel you should consider your specific journey.  What conditions will you be travelling in?  Also, consider the size of your laptop and how much space you need for other things.

To choose the right laptop bag, start by checking that the size of the padded section can accommodate your laptop. Next, think about what else you’ll be taking and how much extra space you’ll need in secondary compartments. You’ll want comfortable straps for any journey, but longer treks with heavier bags will benefit from additional strapping at the chest and waist. The North Face Borealis Classic Backpack is a tried and tested all-rounder, with removable chest and hip straps adding versatility for a variety of trips.


Does the North Face Jester backpack have a laptop sleeve?

The North Face Jester backpack has a dedicated laptop sleeve in the main compartment, providing padded protection for your technology with plenty of extra space for books, snacks and your jacket. It’s a functional, versatile bag that doesn’t compromise on style.

The Jester backpack is designed to be flexible enough to meet your needs. Keep everything handy in the roomy main compartment with cushioned laptop sleeve plus a front section with internal organisation and an extra tablet pocket. A mesh back panel, injection-moulded shoulder straps and padded top handle provide maximum comfort however you carry the bag, while an elastic bungee system allows versatility with external storage.